DTE Energy has partnered with the Michigan city of Lapeer to develop two new solar projects with a combined generating capacity of 45 MW.
The larger of the two, a 30-MW solar array, is planned for a portion of land off Interstate 69 and, upon completion, will be the largest operating utility-owned solar photovoltaic installation east of the Mississippi.
The second project, with a capacity of 15 MW, is being developed simultaneously elsewhere in Lapeer.
In early December, the Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE Energy’s development with Inovateus Solar MI, LLC of up 50 MW. The company is presently evaluating other locations for the remaining 5 MW.
DTE Energy is in various stages of development on five other projects in Michigan, including a 19-MW array at its Greenwood Power Plant; a 750-kW array in Romulus; a 500-kW array in Brownstown, scheduled for completion by the end of 2015; an 800-kW installation in Ypsilanti, still in the planning process; and an 800-kW installation at GM’s Warren Transmission plant, scheduled for completion by June 2016.